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Risë Nybakke is an assistive technology specialist for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She has been serving in the role for 18 years and is on a team with two speech clinicians, an occupational therapist, and an associate educator. Her focus on the team is as a computer specialist and digital rights manager. As the latter, she’s the person who coordinates the process of obtaining texts in alternate formats for students with print disabilities. Risë is also a member of the MN Assistive Technology Leadership team and as such she helps coordinate the Minnesota Assistive Technology Conference held each spring.

Risë served as a classroom teacher for students with developmental cognitive disabilities for 14 years and co-taught kindergarten for many years. She started her career by working with children and adults with disabilities in residential environments, which she did for seven years.

She is licensed in Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education, and parent education. She is also credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), a credential of RESNA: The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America. Risë holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from St. Catherine’s University.

Learn more about our faculty members in the online M.A. in Special Education. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor, or you can request more information.